Nguyen didn’t provide a timeframe for the game’s return, but did say it won’t be soon. If he is waiting to put the game back into the store, it’s possible he is using this extra time to add new features and put some polish on the existing game.
@painfullpacman Yes. But not soon.
— Dong Nguyen (@dongatory) March 19, 2014
In an interview with Rolling Stone Magazine, Nguyen said he pulled the game from the App Store because people were playing it too much. He said in the interview that he may consider resurrecting the game, but would include a way that warn people to take a break from playing.
Flappy Bird landed in the App Store early in 2013 and didn’t take off until the end of the year. In the first few months of 2014, the game rose to the top of the over all iOS App Store and the individual gaming category. The 8-bit game was easy to learn, but difficult to win, making it perfectly suited to go viral. Flappy Bird’s rapid rise to the top began in earnest when users started sharing their abysmal scores on social networks and word about the game spread like wildfire.
At its peak, Nguyen allegedly was making over $50,000 a day in ad revenue from the game. He eventually pulled the title after fans began emailing him with tales of woe — several had lost their significant other, while others were fired from their job because they couldn’t stop playing his game. He took those stories to heart and opted to remove his game. Nguyen then disappeared from the spotlight until his Rolling Stone interview earlier this month.
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